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Mike Marshall, mandolin


Mike Marshall is one of the world’s most accomplished and versatile string instrumentalists in American today. A master on mandolin, guitar, mandocello and violin, he has created some of the most adventurous instrumental music for over 35 years. His concert tours that have taken him around the globe.

Whether playing bluegrass with Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck or Chris Thile, Brazilian choro music with Hamilton de Holanda or Baroque classical with German mandolinist Caterina Lichenberg, Mike is able to swing gracefully between all of these musical styles with a unique blend of virtuosity, depth and musical integrity that is rare in the cross cultural musical world of today.

Mike is currently presiding over the ‘School of Mandolin through he Artistworks company where he teaches hundreds of players from around the world using the new Video Exchange Learning system.

His most recent CD is called ‘Big Trio’ with two of the young lions of instrumental music in American, Alex Hargreaves (violin w/Sarah Jaroz) and Paul Kowert (bass w/Punch Brothers).

A look at Mike’s calendar and you will find him on concert tours with everyone from the Swedish group Vasen, Bassist Edgar Meyer, fellow andolinist Chris Thile, the Grammy winning jazz ensemble The Turtle Island String Quartet or with his progressive bluegrass group Psychograss with Darol Anger, Tony Trischka, Todd Phillips and David Grier.

Mike grew up in Central Florida, where he cut his teeth on traditional American music. His interest in many musicals styles however eventually led him to the San Francisco Bay Area to join the original David Grisman Quintet in 1978 at age 19. This band toured and recorded with the legendary jazz violinist Stephan Grappelli, Mark O’Connor and guitarist Tony Rice. They performed on the Johnny Carson Show that same year and toured Europe and Japan and helped set a new standard for American stringband music.

Since then, Mike has continued pushing the boundaries of acoustic music and can be heard on hundreds of recordings as a composer, featured artist, sideman and producer.